Functional Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga Alliance Accredited | April 6 - 16, 2024 | Portugal
With Esther Ekhart & Marcel van de Vis Heil
Join us for an extraordinary journey as we bring together two renowned teachers, Esther Ekhart and Marcel van de Vis Heil, in a new and unique training. This is your chance to embark on a transformative yoga teacher training that blends their extensive knowledge, expertise, and years of experience into one exceptional program.
Esther Ekhart is a renowned global authority in yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, with a reputation for providing exceptional guidance both online and offline. She has captivated countless students with her online classes, retreats, and training for over 20 years. Her teachings have empowered thousands to not only deepen their understanding of yoga but also discover profound insights within themselves.
Marcel van de Vis Heil, a master instructor with over two decades of teaching and training experience, focuses on a scientific and philosophical approach to yoga education. His programs provide a strong foundation in functional anatomy, allowing you to practice and teach poses safely and efficiently.
Together, Esther and Marcel present a 100-hour, Yoga Alliance Accredited, Functional Hatha-Vinyasa Teacher Training that will empower you to become the most authentic and skilled yoga teacher you can be. This comprehensive course covers yoga theory, philosophy, movement, anatomy, and self-inquiry techniques, all aimed at unleashing your full potential. Discover below how you can transform this into a comprehensive 200-hour certification.
Immerse yourself in this life-changing training at our idyllic Portuguese home base, the D'Alijo retreat center. This serene sanctuary is specifically designed to create an environment where students can fully focus on their studies and personal growth. Leave behind the worries of everyday life as we take care of your lodging and nourishment, and even provide access to D'Alijo's incredible therapists for rejuvenating treatments.
Here's a glimpse of what awaits you
Unlock the secrets of the body to understand the poses fully. Learn functional anatomy that emphasizes the uniqueness of each individual's structure, enabling you to adapt and adjust poses for yourself and your future students. This knowledge will empower you to create safe, creative, and delightful practices for all.
Cultivate a present and aware state of mind, both on and off the mat. Discover the transformative power of mindfulness through meditation and learn how to integrate it into your everyday activities, making every moment a mindful experience.
Delve into the profound wisdom of yoga philosophy, which offers guidance, inspiration, and a deeper understanding of our existence. This exploration will touch your heart and soul, reminding you of forgotten truths and enriching your modern life.
Experience the profound benefits of meditation as a gateway to self-realization. By regularly immersing yourself in silent introspection, you will gain insights into deep-rooted patterns of behavior and embrace your true self, leading to liberation from sorrow and suffering.
The theory comes alive through practice. Engage in a dynamic blend of anatomy study, philosophy exploration, and asana practice to deepen your understanding. Observe and learn from your own experiences to create a meaningful and authentic practice for yourself and your future students.
Discover the transformative power of movement therapy and spiritual practice. Through authentic movement, you will tap into the wisdom and insights held within your body, fostering deep self-awareness and personal growth. This practice can be integrated into your yoga classes or explored as a standalone for balance and well-being.
A renowned global authority in yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, with a reputation for providing exceptional guidance both online and offline, she has captivated countless students over 20 years. Esther's teachings incorporate diverse influences, making her online classes, workshops, and trainings a fusion of wisdom. Her practice has evolved from dynamic styles like Hatha and Vinyasa flow to include slower practices such as Yin Yoga and Meditation & Mindfulness. Continually expanding her knowledge, she remains open-minded and integrates new insights into her work.
Marcel van de Vis Heil
Marcel, a dedicated yoga teacher and practitioner, began his transformative yoga journey in the late '90s. With extensive training from renowned teachers worldwide, including Paul and Suzee Grilley, founders of yin yoga, Marcel specializes in functional vinyasa and yin yoga. He emphasizes customization, adapting poses to suit each student's unique needs. Marcel's inclusive classes welcome all, offering accessible yet invigorating experiences. Additionally, he is a skilled Acupuncturist, Tuina therapist, and Herbalist.
Experience the magic of
Functional Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa Yoga brings dynamic movement, cardiovascular activity, and coordination to the forefront. It's a physical practice that cultivates strength, stamina, and creativity through seamless sequencing. On the other hand, Hatha Yoga offers a slightly more static approach, allowing you to delve deeper into poses and explore the subtleties of feeling what is happening inside your body and mind..
Yoga Alliance Accreditation Options
At our Portuguese home base, The D'alijo Centre, we offer two distinct programs on an alternating yearly basis. The first program is a 100-hour functional Hatha-Vinyasa yoga teacher training (2024), while the second program, held the following year, focuses on Yin yoga, mindfulness, chakras, and meridians (2025), also spanning 100 hours. These training sessions take place in Portugal every April.
The best part is that you have the flexibility to choose either program individually, each comprising 100 hours, or combine them for a comprehensive 200-hour training.
Our 200-Hour Program
Our 200-hour program extends over one year, allowing you to fully engage in the transformative journey of becoming a yoga teacher. It harmoniously blends our Hatha-Vinyasa and Yin Yoga training, supplemented by enriching yoga anatomy, philosophy and sequencing courses from the prestigious online Ekhart Academy. You'll also benefit from the support of a dedicated INTERVISION GROUP
Our 100-Hour Programs
Upon completing either of our cyclical 100-hour Teacher Trainings (Hatha-Vinyasa Teacher Training or the Yin Yoga, Mindfulness, Chakras & Meridians Teacher Training), you will receive a Yoga Alliance certification for continuous education (YACEP). All you need to do is submit a video of teaching a 20 min class, within one month of the training.
You are very welcome to join us on this journey of self-discovery and professional growth. Our teacher training programs provide a solid foundation for your yoga teaching career, empowering you to inspire and guide others with confidence and authenticity.
Functional Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
What You'll Learn
In this training, you will learn:
The 14 skeletal segments and their movements.
How to identify compression in these segments and adapt poses accordingly, if required.
The functions of the 10 myofascial groups.
The seven groups of poses, including their function, modifications, and adjustments.
Authentic movement practices.
Sequencing a Hatha-Vinyasa yoga class.
Teaching a Hatha-Vinyasa yoga class.
The fundamentals of yoga philosophy.
The relevance of the Sutras of Patanjali in our modern lives.
Online teaching methods.
Online technology for yoga instruction.
How to effectively incorporate music into your classes.
April 6: Day 1
16:00: Welcome at D'Alijo
18:00-19:00: Group gathering in the studio
April 7 - 15: Day 2-9
20:00-21:00: Lecture/Workshop (not daily)
April 16: Day 10
8:30: Departure according to flight times
Functional Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
Requirements, Pricing & Registration
To participate in this training, it is necessary to meet the following criteria:
Minimum of 1 year of steady yoga practice with a teacher.
Regular and consistent self-practice of yoga, at least 3 times a week.
Proficiency in any hatha-based style of yoga.
These requirements ensure that you have a solid foundation and dedication to the practice, enabling you to fully benefit from and contribute to the training experience.
Twin Share: Immerse yourself in a supportive and communal environment with our Twin Share option, priced at EUR 2800. Share your experience with a fellow student.
Single Occupancy (Shared Facilities): Enjoy the tranquillity of your own space while still benefiting from shared facilities. The shared facilities, including the living room and bathroom, are shared among a maximum of three people in one of the mountain lodges. Indulge in privacy and convenience for just EUR 3070.
Single Room (En-suite Facilities): Treat yourself to the ultimate relaxation with our Single Room option, complete with en-suite facilities. Unwind and recharge in your own private haven in one of the main house rooms or in a river cabin for EUR 3270.
Garden Suites: Elevate your training experience with our luxurious Garden Suites, designed to provide a serene environment. Bask in comfort and elegance for only EUR 3420.
NOTE: As the training is happening in less than three months, payment is required in full. Read about our Teacher Training Terms & Conditions and Booing & Payment Policies here.
About The Location
D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center is a peaceful retreat located amidst stunning Portuguese nature. Spread across three hectares of land with terraces, olive fields, and hills adorned with large rock formations.
Accommodation options include cozy wooden chalet-style houses, cabins, and rooms tastefully decorated. They are situated in the serene rural areas of the retreat grounds, within walking distance from the Yoga Studio, swimming pool, and main house. All rooms come with lovely outside verandas.
Transportation options from the airport to the retreat center:
Transfer service offered by D'Alijo: Provide your flight information for the transport list (this will be asked a week before the training starts). There may be a short wait for other flights, but we minimize the waiting time. If you're already in Portugal or Porto, we can meet you at the airport.
Transfer price: Approximately €40-€60 shared. Unless you need a private car which will be EUR110 per car. This is one way.
Other options include:
Renting a car: This can be cost-effective, but local companies may require a substantial deposit.
Public transportation: Take the metro and train to Guimaraes, then a taxi (uber) to the retreat location. Also it can possibly be cheaper to organise your own taxi from Porto airport.
For the address and location of D'Alijo, please visit Google Maps
We Are Proud Tree Sisters
By booking an in-person training with us, you are actively contributing to the global tree-planting efforts led by Tree Sisters. For every individual attending our retreats and trainings, we make a donation on your behalf.